The liberal media is waiting with bated breath to hear former FBI Director James Comey testify before Congress this week, but most unbiased observers have already acknowledged that they probably won’t hear anything new from Comey.
In fact, the most interesting aspect of his coming testimony is what we won’t be hearing. While Comey has agreed to testify before one committee he has refused to testify before another, citing his prerogative as a “private citizen.” The question is why would he testify before one committee but not the other? The reason that seems likeliest is that the questions awaiting him from each committee are quite different, and while he feels comfortable with the questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee (which is investigating the possibility of a Trump-Russia connection), he doesn’t appear to be ready to answer questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee (which would be looking into malfeasance in the intelligence community). It’s incredibly self serving and seems obviously designed to embarrass Trump without incriminating himself.
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Democrat Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) both expressed disappointment at Comey’s obviously self-serving decision.
“We’re extremely disappointed in James Comey’s decision not to testify voluntarily before the Judiciary Committee,” committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a statement.
“There is no reason he can’t testify before both the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, particularly given that the Judiciary Committee is the FBI’s primary oversight committee with broad jurisdiction over federal law enforcement, FISA and the nomination of the next FBI director,” they added.
“Given his commitment to the people and the mission of the FBI, we expected him to be responsive to the senators responsible for vetting its next proposed leader. He should reconsider his decision.”
On Fox News Mollie Hemingway pointed out that Comey was obviously acting in opposition to Trump with his latest maneuvering.
“I think people are anxious to have Comey actually answer questions. He’s got a good track record of answering questions obliquely in a way that’s favorable to him, declining to answer questions that might actually shed light on exactly was going on at the FBI. So I think it will be important for both Republicans and Democrats to ask really good questions. The Senate Intelligence Committee had just asked him a series of questions about his practice of writing memos, his access to them, who he’s transmitted information about those memos to and he declined to answer that. That is kind of par for the course. Hoping on Thursday we actually get some good answers with Comey.”
Also, on Fox News Charles Krauthammer argues that we shouldn’t expect Comey to say anything new, because if he does he’ll likely be opening himself up to prosecution.
Here there is one question, did the president obstruct justice? That’s what everybody is waiting for. I don’t think there’s anything of great interest other than that. And his answer I think is going to be obvious. He will navigate to a point where he says, ‘Well, there might’ve been some pressure but it’s not obstruction.’ Why? Because if it were obstruction, then he is indicting himself. For not resigning, for not making a statement, for not bringing it out in the open.
So he can’t say it’s obstruction which is what everybody who wants to see Trump destroyed is waiting to hear. So what we will hear is something navigating in between and saying well, it wasn’t really pressure, he was speaking on behalf of an associate, a friend. It could be interpreted in various ways. That’s what I think is going to happen and that’s why I think it’s going to be a bust.
For his part, President Trump wished Comey “good luck” on Tuesday morning.